Spring 2016 Monarch Waystation Kits forum: What Plants Are included in the Spring 2016 Kit?
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|The Kits consist of 16 - 20 plants that qualify for registration as a Monarch Way Station
a)Milkweed Plants 8 -10 starter plants of two or more varieties (Host plant for Monarchs)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) (2) pink flowers
Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) (1) pink flower OK in containers
Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) (1) 'Ice Ballet' white flower OK
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)(1) 'Gay Butterflies' red, yellow
and orange flowers
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)(1) 'Hello Yellow' yellow flowers
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) (?) orange flowers
Asclepias currasavica (Tropical Milkweed) (2) Tender perennial OK in
b)Nectar Plants: 8 - 10 starter plants (bee and pollinator magnets)
Goldenrods (solidago) (3)
"Convincing gardeners to grow goldenrods is a bit like trying to sell Toyotas in Detroit, but I will continue anyway. They are certainly ubiquitous in the fall landscape and are still wrongly accused of causing hayfever. Therefore, it bears repeating that goldenrods, like aster, Joe-Pye, ironweeds, and all the Composites, are insect-pollinated, so their pollen is heavy and sticky in order to facilitate transfer by our six-legged friends. It is the wind-pollinated plants like grasses, ragweed and many trees (I am allergic to maples for example) that produce the great quantities of light, airborne pollen that get into our noses and throats and cause the immune reaction known as hayfever. There are goldenrods for every situation, and if you avoid the aggressively weedy species like S. canadensis (My apologies to Canada) and S. graminifolia, they are agreeable garden subjects at home in the border, meadow, rock, or shade garden. Once I started to learn the different species, I became more and more aware of their subtle differences and convinced of their important role in native ecosystems as soil stabilizers and sources of food and shelter for wildlife. They are beautiful in leaf and flower, too, and no wildflower garden is complete without a few of our hundred or so species scattered around." - William Cullina, The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers, p. 197
Solidago 'Solar Cascade'
Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'
Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece'
Solidago sempervirens Seaside Goldenrod (on order for the Fall if enough interest)
Solidago odora (on back order)
Solidago caesia Bluestem goldenrod (on order for fall)
Fall blooming Asters: (2-3)
Aster cordifolius 'Avondale' Blue wood aster
Aster laevis 'Bluebird' Smooth aster
Aster novae-angliae New England aster
Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite' Aromatic aster
Anise Hyssop (3-4)
Agastache 'Blue Boa"
Agastache 'Black Adder'
Agastache 'Blue Fortune'
Phlox paniculata 'Jeana'
Mountain Mint (1)
(Pycanthemum muticum) Short-toothed mountain mint
No plant in the Lurie Garden is more attractive to beneficial garden insects than blunt mountain mint (Pycnanthemum muticum). In late summer this plant dances with the busy flittering of honeybees, butterflies, beneficial wasps, and moths. The flat, white flowers are accented by fuzzy blue-green bracts. This 3 ft high plant spreads out into a tidy looking, flat mound which provides a nectar-filled landing pad for pollinators... French botanist and friend of Thomas Jefferson, Andre Michaux found this plant in Pennsylvania in 1790 and named it Pycnanthemum or "densely flowered" from the Greek for dense (pyknos) and flowered (anthos). Muticum is Latin for blunt, referring to the flat bracts at the tops of each stem. Blunt mountain mint is also native to all counties in Illinois, and really doesn’t grow in the mountains, so the common name is something of a mystery. - Lurie Garden
Mountain Mint is loaded with pulegone, the same insect repellent found in pennyroyal. It can be rubbed on the skin to repel mosquitoes!
A highly competitive workhorse for extreme sites and slopes, P. muticum does well in a variety of sites from full sun to shade and dry to moist conditions. Though not overly aggressive, it will spread via rhizomes, so give it room to grow.
Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'
USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9
Sunflower Interesting Notes
Take a big breath, because you're about to meet a plant that can change your life -- or at least your summer -- in a way you never dreamed possible.
'Lemon Queen' is so big, and so beautiful, and so self-sufficient that you can plant it once, enjoy it forever. In practically any soil, but with plenty of sun, this Midwest native will rocket up close to 8ft in height, then adorn itself with two solid months of 2in, soft yellow sunflowers beginning in July.
There is nothing coarse or clumsy about the performance despite its large scale. You can use 'Lemon Queen' in a number of creative ways to add perspective to your property. - White Flower Farm
Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' Growing and Maintenance Tips
Prefers moist or average soils in full sun. Do not spoil it with excessive water and fertilizer or it may lodge a bit. The rhizomes are attentuated, so the clump gradually grows larger. Propagate by seed, cuttings or division. Helianthus can be quite invasive. Use in the back of a border garden to accent lower growing perennials.
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